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Ganesha-s from Pen

Traditional artistry.

The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi will be celebrated next week.

For over 150 years, the town of Pen in Maharashtra has specialised in the crafting of Ganesha murti-s. The pieces created and fashioned here are renowned for their exquisite detail, colour, and filigree.

These photographs were taken last month in a store in Goa that imports idols from Pen in advance of the festival.

Note: Pen (पेण) is pronounced like “pain” but with the retroflex stop ‘n’, a sound not found in English.

Baby Ganesha, made in Pen, Maharashtra

Baby Ganesha
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Ganesha from Pen, Maharashtra

Ganesha’s vastra
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Ganesha & Shiva, made in Pen, Maharashtra

Ganesha with His father, Lord Shiva
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